G & T Show 286 – Villainous Pathology and Star Trek
G & T Show 286 – Villainous Pathology and Star Trek is now available to download. Check it out here. So this week, Nick, Terry, and Mike return for an all new episode of the G & T Show discussing the latest news from all around the Star Trek multiverse. They share the latest news on the General, Product, Convention, and Television News fronts. Also, returning from Shore Leave, Nick recaps his experiences, including a panel examining villainous pathology. So tune in and Check out everything they discuss on this week’s episode of the G & T Show.
Another Ordinary Week
So after their usual round of introductions, they jump right into this week’s Coffee Klatch. Terry worked this week and played a lot of LOTRO getting her main character ready for the upcoming expansion. She also hung out with Allen.
Mike overslept this morning and his brain is not functioning properly. However, he managed to write a little bit on his story for The Longest Night Watch Anthology Volume 3. The story is called Unstuck and he jokes that it’s about a zipper. Plus his brother and sister-in-law are celebrating their 10th Anniversary and are in Cancun. So, he has had the boys for the past few days. Hence he talks about some of the events that led to him oversleeping. These include a NetFlix problem and waking in the middle of the night to the sound of a crying child.
Nick mentions what he and his wife did for the 4th of July. They went to the C & O canal and had a picnic with his wife before going to the local fireworks display. It was very nice. An animal related noise caused a momentary distraction. Nick worked this week as well.
First of all, Nick attended the Shore Leave Convention on Saturday. He recorded a few Facebook Live Sessions during the convention. In addition, he spent a lot of time with Scott Pearson and Ella. Ella is nineteen now and is no longer the kid. He also hung out with Dayton, Dave Mack, and others. Nick describes some of the panels including a fascinating one asking if fiction goes too easy on evil. It therefore sparked the villainous pathology discussion dominating this week’s show.
So the villainous pathology discussion begins with Nick’s summation of the panel with two words: Hans Gruber from Die Hard. Since most villains are smart, well dressed, and intelligent , that makes the hero’s journey to beat them that much more satisfying. However, villains or evil characters are not written as evil. Plus the panel’s discussion went as far back as Moriarty. He was one of the first intelligent villains and equal to Sherlock’s genius. Without a real and intelligent villain, they may come across as two-dimensional.
Nick brings up The Man In the High Castle. Because of his son, Obergruppenführer John Smith reaps an emotional connection with the audience.
Alan Rickman: Professional Villain
If Alan Rickman had not played Hans Gruber, Nick doesn’t think he would have come across the same way with so many people enjoying the character. He adds that Rickman’s performance as Snape in the first two Harry Potter films influenced the character’s portrayal in the final four books of the series. It’s a testament to Rickman’s charisma. Terry says Rowling wrote the final book first. However, Rickman’s performance could have influenced his personality in the books. Nick read the books before seeing the films so he didn’t have Rickman in his head. However, for Terry and Allen, it was the opposite. They saw Rickman as Snape.
Allen in the chatroom offers an insight into villainous pathology. He explains an actor portraying a villain doesn’t play the role as a villain. Rather, he plays the role as a protagonist with justification for everything they do. Terry adds that a villain doesn’t become real unless the audience can connect with them on some level.
Villainous Pathology: The Vulture
Nick’s wife surprised him with a ticket to Spider-man: Homecoming. Mike has not seen it yet but Terry has heard some great things. Michael Keaton could read the phonebook and Nick would still love it. The Vulture in the film is a great example of the villainous pathology of an antagonist justified in his actions.
Mike has seen the Michael Keaton film The Birdman. He talks about it briefly, while Nick wets his whistle. Nick explains the villainous pathology of the Vulture. This is a character merely providing for his family in the best way he knows how. The power of Michael Keaton made a particular scene frightening.
From Real Life to Film
Villainous Pathology isn’t limited to fiction or even to the villains. It can also applied to protagonists as well. In the real world, there were people that rooted for John Dillinger and Alphonse Capone. Audiences rooted for bad people like Tony Montana and Michael Corleone. Terry doesn’t like films that make people root for the bad guy. They talk about The Godfather films and others including The Suicide Squad, The Dark Knight, and Star Trek 2009.
The conversation squirrels to a documentary about the Rams before Terry brings up LEGO Batman, which prompts Mike to talk about the two versions of Batman seen in The LEGO Movie and The LEGO Batman Movie. He also compares it to how those two Batmen are portrayed in the game LEGO Dimensions. It shows the LEGO Movie Batman a fumbling buffoon in comparison to the LEGO Batman version of the character.
Darth Vader had redemption in Return of the Jedi. Because Luke always felt the good. However, his villainous pathology made him kill a room full of kids. In addition, the original Halloween films featured Michael Myers never saying a word. This villainous pathology made him a monster. When Rob Zombie expanded on his back story. This was to make him more sympathetic to the audience. Hence it gave them an insight to what it took to create the monster. Plus the same could be said of Jason Voorhees. Hence the villainous pathology for these characters should not matter as the intention was for them to be monsters.
The conversation discussing villains and villainous pathology continues for the remainder of the episode and features Nazis among other real world and fictional villains. Towards the end of the episode, they briefly share a few choice links from the list below. Check out the episode for full details. And, don’t forget to join them next week for an all new episode of the G & T Show examining all of the latest news from around the Star Trek Multi-verse.
BLB Productions News
- The LEGO Adventures of Big Dude and Lil Dude Episode 3 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxkdumXR20s
- Nick’s Facebook Live from ShoreLeave 2017 – https://www.facebook.com/nick.minecci/videos/10210764337358098/
- First of all, The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard by David A. Goodman (September 5th 2017) – https://defcons-treklit.blogspot.com/2017/04/the-autobiography-of-jean-luc-picard-by.html
- Also, Traveling to the Klingon Empire? Beware These 7 Common Offworlder Questions Klingons Are Tired of Hearing – https://insighteditions.com/traveling-klingon-empire/
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Enigma Tales – http://www.gameindustry.com/reviews/book-review/star-trek-deep-space-nine-enigma-tales/
- Finally, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Enigma Tales Review – https://www.trektoday.com/content/2017/07/star-trek-deep-space-nine-enigma-tales-review/
Miscellaneous Discussion Topics
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- Star Trek School Folder Notebook – http://shop.startrek.com/star-trek-school-folder-notebook/detail.php?p=1395650&v=startrek_new-arrivals
- Star Trek The Next Generation Command Jacket – http://shop.startrek.com/star-trek-the-next-generation-command-jacket/detail.php?p=1429877&v=startrek_new-arrivals
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- Alex Kurtzman: ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Will Spark Debate And Adhere To Canon – http://trekmovie.com/2017/07/06/alex-kurtzman-star-trek-discovery-will-spark-debate-and-adhere-to-canon/
- CBS All Access President: ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Will Look And Feel Different – http://trekmovie.com/2017/07/07/cbs-all-access-president-star-trek-discovery-will-look-and-feel-different/
- In addition, Star Trek Discovery Now Filming 9th Episode – http://ncc-1031.com/news/star-trek-discovery-now-filming-9th-episode/
- ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Leaks Clarify The Role Of The USS Shenzhou And The Klingons – http://comicbooksgalaxy.com/star-trek-discovery-leaks-clarify-the-role-of-the-uss-shenzhou-and-the-klingons/
- Kurtzman: Discovery Will Stick to the Rules of Star Trek Canon, But Still Expects Much Debate Among Fans – http://trekcore.com/blog/2017/07/kurtzman-discovery-will-stick-to-the-rules-of-star-trek-canon-but-still-expects-much-debate-among-fans/
- Announcing Klingon Mega-Event A Good Day to Lie – https://www.disruptorbeam.com/blog/good-day-to-lie
- Ubisoft is developing games for Microsoft HoloLens – https://mspoweruser.com/ubisoft-developing-games-microsoft-hololens/
- In addition, Star Trek’s George Takei starts new chapter with Hong Kong-based gaming company Fifth Journey – http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/article/2100691/star-treks-george-takei-starts-new-chapter-hong-kong-based-gaming-company
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- Win a Cabin on the Star Trek Cruise 2, and a Legendary Starship! – https://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/10556484-win-a-cabin-on-the-star-trek-cruise-2%2C-and-a-legendary-starship%21
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- Also, [2d20 STA WiP] Star Trek Adventures Sheet (work in progress) – https://app.roll20.net/forum/post/5245748/2d20-sta-wip-star-trek-adventures-sheet-work-in-progress
- PC Infinity Box Update: T6 Xindi Starships – http://www.startrek.com/article/pc-infinity-box-update-t6-xindi-starships
- Finally, STO Fiction – Tale of the Witch – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/10559524-%22tale-of-the-witch%22
- First of all, Rebroadcast: Shield of Tomorrow: Ep1 The Pull… Meet the crew of the USS Sally Ride – https://www.twitch.tv/videos/156985150?collection=cMGwqYFishROgQ
- In addition, Star Trek Continues: Episode IX What Ships Are For Premiere – http://floridasupercon.com/star-trek-continues-episode-ix-ships-premiere/
- Plus, Gold Pressed Latinum from Star Trek – https://www.thingiverse.com/make:356328/
- Finally, Star Trek – Deep Space 9 Danube Class Runabout – https://www.thingiverse.com/make:357738/
- Star Trek: First Contact’s James Cromwell Sentenced to Jail – http://www.cbr.com/star-trek-first-contacts-james-cromwell-sentenced-to-jail/
- Also, Meet Spock the Star Trek Big Sleuth bear – http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/whats-on/family-kids-news/meet-spock-star-trek-big-13263524
- Police: Fight over Star Wars and Star Trek led to assault – http://okcfox.com/news/local/police-fight-over-star-wars-and-star-trek-led-to-assault
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- Transform your room into a real-life Holodeck with this 360 VR projector – https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/broomx-360-degree-projector-vr/
- Day One San Diego Comic-Con Trek-themed Panels – https://www.trektoday.com/content/2017/07/day-one-san-diego-comic-con-trek-themed-panels/
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